'Mehbooba Mufti unlikely to take over as CM'

Source claims Mufti believes the terms of the alliance (PDP-BJP) agenda have not been implemented during the 10-month period of her father’s rule

Jammu: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti is unlikely to stake claim to power in Jammu and Kashmir in absence of concrete assurances from the BJP on the agenda of alliance between the two parties and her misgivings over their relationship, party sources said yesterday.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

“It is not the question of whether she gets sworn in as the new chief minister of the state or not. She believes the terms of the alliance agenda have not been implemented during the 10-month period of her father’s rule because the BJP made assurances without any translation on the ground. She is worried about the promises made by her father and the party to the people,” a top PDP source said.

“Mehboobaji has been in deep introspection since Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) Sahib passed away. She seems to have misgivings on continuation of the alliance with the BJP. After resisting the lure to assume the reins of power in the state for the last 23 days, it is highly unlikely that she will agree to head the same ruling coalition unless the BJP walks the extra mile,” source added.

Lending credence to these claims is the PDP’s announcement that no discussions on government formation will be talked about during the party meeting called in Srinagar tomorrow.

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